These Circumstances May be New, But They Must Never Be Considered “Normal”

A full month later, the pandemic, and the even greater hysteria rage on. With the numbers of deaths and cases on a downward trend, with hospital makeshift ICU’s being reverted into regular floors, nurses and doctors having time for tik-tok videos, a hospital navy ship sent back from NY and many states starting to reopen again, it’s amazing there is still resistance to more re-openings. They say it’s for safety, and fear of a resurgence, but the data, and many of the arbitrary restrictions say otherwise.

Isn’t it odd how during previous epidemics such as H1N1 during the Obama administration, absolutely no restrictions were ever put in place? No schools shut down? Millions of workers out of jobs? Businesses shuttered? You want to talk about fatalities? What about the Ebola crisis in Africa? Those types of viruses have an over 90% mortality rate and it is indeed NOT so far fetched it could have come here. In this globalized world, you can be around the world and back again within a day. Covid-19 started in China and now it’s a  global pandemic! Yet we did absolutely nothing aside from isolating some people returning. Why was a virus which kills almost everyone infected basically ignored throughout the developed world whereas a more virulent strain of a flu like virus which still has a low mortality rate and only affects already vulnerable people to disease treated as if it were Ebola?! What about the flu which kills millions worldwide despite having a vaccine each year yet the word has not shut down?

You want to argue it’s still too dangerous to resume our lives again? Ok, but then why are Covid positive people being shipped to nursing homes where the one of the most vulnerable populations resides? Many of the death clusters have been in these exact facilities all over the country! You want to protect the elderly? Then why on Earth are you creating literal death traps by putting infected Covid patients there to recover and infect the most vulnerable? That of all the illogical and arbitrary moves is the most vile and reprehensible at least to me. Why shoo away the USS Comfort, who came to NY to help share the load with allegedly overcrowded hospitals if our healthcare is strained to the breaking point? Why continue to cry “flatten the curve” when as said before and told to me directly by healthcare workers, ICU’s still have empty beds, makeshift ones are being reverted back to normal, non-essential medical care is being resumed, doctors and nurses are being pulled from Covid duty to their original jobs, etc..etc…? Why are you censoring treatments that could help until a vaccine is made and labeling the researchers doing so as scientific pariahs? Not to mention the blatant censorship of doctors, epidemiologists and researchers saying we don’t need to continue the lock downs!

Also, even if enough danger is still present to lock down everything, why shut down activities that can keep the virus at bay and help kill it off such as outdoor activities? Beaches are shut down or people are told to only use it for active things, but not sitting down. But is sitting 20 feet away from someone on your beach towel less risky than running past everyone on the beach where the wind can pick up your potentially contaminated breath and spread it to everyone you ran past? Is basking in microbe killing UV light worse then being in a confined space at home with your elderly in laws all summer long? Why shut down schools when children and young people are one of the least vulnerable then force them to stay at home with more vulnerable adults? If you can open stores like Walmart and Target relatively safely why not have other stores open in a similar manner? Many are starting to so it’s already being done so what’s the big wait for other places? Why is it still allowed to buy alcohol and cigarettes and get abortions, yet AA meetings are closed and so are many real medical procedures that while not necessary to sustain life, would ease great suffering and chronic pain and improve quality of life. Even dental work has been banned in many places, yet what happens if you have a cavity, or a cracked tooth that could lead to far greater damage? What about orthodontics where many procedures are time sensitive?

I’m not saying let’s just ignore all danger and go foolishly ahead, but there is a middle ground, such as the store capacity or social distanced lines or masks that can let places reopen but with less risk. Also, being more judicious and pragmatic about what should open first. What do we value as essential when we let people buy more booze to fuel their addiction, yet shut down the places to treat their addiction? Or allow abortions to kill a life yet restrict medical procedures and check ups that will save or improve the quality of life? Who is missing out on catching their unknown cancer while it is easily treatable because their doctor’s office is shut down and it could have been seen in a routine check up like that funny mole that’s been there? Who will have to lose their tooth because they didn’t see the dentist in time and needed a trip to the hospital now it was abscessed and they can’t eat? Who’s to say we can’t stand in socially distanced lines and in booths 6 feet apart when it’s time to vote if we can to get our groceries? There is a way forward with a middle ground between safety and the fact the world can’t stop because of a chance of increased risk.

What about the fact that despite efforts to help struggling businesses by giving them more money to get by, what does that have to do with funding illegals? Letting criminals out who have committed violent crimes and re offended while jailing parents playing with their children, friends meeting up in a backyard, people doing outdoor activities alone in desolated parks, fining church services and arresting the pastor while everyone is in their cars etc…? Weren’t the jail releases due to jail being a source of contagion, so why put people back inside then? What about all the millions going to ivy league schools and big business when the cries for help have been for the small mom and pop businesses?

How much do you want to bet this has far more to do than simple public health? In light of everything, hospitals below Covid capacity, help being told to go away, all the arbitrary rules, cherry picking who gets to stay open, censorship of any other treatments or facts to support reopening, arrests over the most ridiculous charges while letting out the most heinous of offenders, stimulus packages being spent on everyone but who needs it, etc…etc… do you honestly think public health is the only motive?

Thing is, all of this isn’t the scariest thing. At some point sooner or later, these restrictions will go away. It’s what will be left behind and the implications that follow after Covid is gone is the real concern. What does it say about our personal freedoms when the government can literally tell us we can’t buy grass seed, or clothing even though the store is still open? What does it tell us when companies are offering to make drones to check people’s temperatures, or a tracker on your phone to see where you go and who you’re with in case you might be sick? What does it mean when travel between your own properties is forbidden or across state lines? Think beyond the virus for a moment! What else could these restrictions be adapted for? Once a precedent is set, once governments can see that it has been done legally before, it can be done legally again and don’t think only in case of another pandemic! what will happen when another bad flu season hits? More restrictions? The economy was booming before this, and now it’s stopped. A bad economy can sway the voting public in an election, any election, and a new flu strain might just be the next excuse in 2024 for instance for one side or the other to get the incumbent out. After all, it could be done in 2020 😉 The virus may go away, but the precedents set during its reign will not. Or what about the implications of this:

“One could also envisage a future in which America learns a different lesson. A communal spirit, ironically born through social distancing, causes people to turn outward, to neighbors both foreign and domestic. The election of November 2020 becomes a repudiation of “America first” politics.”

I cited this before from The Atlantic in my previous post, but I wanted to remind everyone again to think about what this is really trying to say. My interpretation is this statement is speaking about far more than responding to a virus…

The Left wants us to think of the post Covid-19 world as a “new normal”. But what do they mean by “normal”? Masks all the time? 6 feet away for the next century? Lines to get into stores where you can only buy certain items despite a full stock? No gatherings beyond a few of your buddies? Online work and school for the next decade? Drones taking your temperature and apps tracking your every move in case you have the forbidden temperature reading? No more concerts, block parties, large weddings, proms, graduations, games, etc… No family gatherings for the holidays? The grand kids never know their grandparents except as a face in a screen? Even if these things end within the year, is the new normal then going to be a government who is trigger happy to do it all again each flu season? Our personal liberties and millions of livelihoods destroyed on a governor’s whim for any reason they so choose? When the next bug hits? Even in 1918-1919 the world came back to normal. Not a so called “new normal” and that pandemic was far far worse! In light of all this:

We can acknowlege these unprecedented circumstances as new, but for the sake of our freedoms and livelihoods, we can never, ever decide this is “normal”.

26 thoughts on “These Circumstances May be New, But They Must Never Be Considered “Normal”

  1. Hi Lady of Reason, do you have any sources (quantitative randomized research) that shows how effective the “treatments” for covid19? Not one based on “doctor’s preferences” as many in the white house have quipped but actually results of medications and the effects on patients (I’m assuming here you’re referring to the hydroxychloroquine)? Just wanting to know what holds up that part of your argument.

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  2. Excellent, excellent article.
    You have asked all the logical and reasonable questions.
    I think, you know the answer to those questions.
    Tyranny has no logic or reason. The enforcement of the decree is all that matters.
    That’s why in the Soviet Union the “little” people had given up looking for reason and logic in the decrees of the powerful. In private they made jokes about those ridiculous, nonsensical decrees and five year plans in order to retain their own sanity.
    “They pretend that they pay us und we pretend that we are working”.
    When exerting power or aquiring power is the primary motivation, logic and reason goes out the window.

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    • So.. there’s fellow Americans you consider a virus.. that somehow like our current real virus, we need to destroy them?
      Ah.. wait… maybe it would be more appropriate to reply… “Damn straight! I couldn’t have said that better!”

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      • Zell Miller was a Democrat for most of his life. When he realized that the Democratic Party had adopted almost entirely the political philosophy of Marx, when he recognized that progressives were slowly and intentionally destroying the fabric of America, when he realized how divisive the American left had become, he proclaimed himself no longer a Democrat. He said, “I never left my party; my party left me.” Fast forward to the present, no American who values our history, our founding documents, our traditions, our values, our hopes for the future of our nation, our children and theirs, can say that they love America and remain part of the progressive movement. It is dichotomous. If a citizen loves America more than they love themselves, they are not “progressive.” If they value our history and traditions, they are not progressive. If they want to see our Republic succeed through its Constitutional foundations, they are not progressive. The converse is also true. Hate Trump all you want, and brag about your irrational emotions like a petulant child … I don’t really care. But for the sake of us all, learn to love your country over political party. Otherwise … you are the infectious virus that has become a clear and present danger to the future of our nation. For the record, I do not regard a traitor to my country as a fellow American.

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      • Sounds like you’re looking forward to any excuse to lock & load, Marine.
        I, too, am ex-military.. and not Liberal, but rather a card-carrying GOP.. traditional GOP… not this Trumpilcan idiocy. I don’t hate the man.. and I’m ok with “some” of his (hugely biased and largely misguided) politics. I hate that he’s President (speaking of a petulant child!) and ruining the country. But without a doubt the political hate to the edge of violence (“if there were only a reason”) that I always encounter is from the Right. No one will win.

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      • Since the left vociferously insists we start getting used to their “new” normal, they should not act surprised when this “new normal” creates vociferous opposition to their anti-libertarian, left-wing tyranny. 🙂

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  3. It seems to me that there were 3 objectives. Do the most damage to the economy so Trump is not re-elected. Condition people to accept mandatory vaccines in the not too far off future. And, lastly, to see how obedient or how compliant the masses would be to these extreme edicts from government (stay at home, shutter your business, etc.).

    My question is why did Trump not say “I want a second opinion?” when Fauci and Birx told him that he had to shut the country down. As others have said, this lock down approach has been the most costly and least effective means of dealing with this strain of the flu.

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  4. I think what is being done here is a heavily overt attempt to shove America into the Socialism we wouldn’t vote for normally, hence all the pork in the bills Nancy & Co. keep wasting their time devising! They see this not only as an opportunity to make President Trump look bad as a leader due to the results of shutting down (which he only did to appease THEM!!!) but also as their chance to push an ideology that people don’t want under normal circumstances. They can shoehorn it in on people couched in terms of “The New Normal” and if they can’t keep people freaked out and hiding in their homes, they can send out their goon squads dressed as police to harass anyone who doesn’t do that and ticket them and force them. It’s all unconstitutional and anyone who lays down and takes it is the worst kind of American there is. They’re going to help Democrats ruin this country by buying into the hype and the fear, and these Flu Queens who get their daily attention quota from this quarantine flat out disgust me. Everyone needs to give their balls a tug and remember this country was founded by strong people who believed in FREEDOM. This is giving in to slavery. Don’t do it!!!

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  5. Yes, it is awful. Surely Yogi Berra could have helped us. He would simply say: “What,! You want all of us people to stop living just so a few won’t get sick? Nuts!

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  6. Excellent post, I couldn’t agree with you more. Just yesterday, I watched a video that Youtube censored. It was epidemiologist Dr. Knut Wittkowski’s comments on the Wuhan virus and his criticism of
    the lock down and shelter in place requirements. He pointed out, quite reasonably, that you can’t stop an airborne virus. You must allow enough people to get it and develop “herd immunity” to destroy
    the virus. He stated that attempts to “flatten the curve” by limiting transmission just broaden the curve extending the time it takes for herd immunity to develop.

    I find Dr. Wittkowski’s arguments persuasive because they match what we have observed so far to a much higher degree than do the models and dictates of the bureaucrats and politicians. Most people who get the virus
    show no symptoms or only minor symptoms. The most at risk are the elderly and those with co-morbidities. As the Doctor states, the thing to do is let most people go about their business normally so they develop herd immunity and take special precautions for those most at risk. Cold and flu season doesn’t extend into the summer months because people are outside rather than huddled indoors where the virus is preserved. The lock down does the exact opposite.

    Perversely, bureaucrats and politicians are telling us to stay indoors and, in many cases, have sent people with the virus into nursing homes putting the residents at greater risk of contracting it. Although nursing home residents are a small percentage of the population, they comprise a disproportionate percentage of the deaths from the virus. Apparently, in Massachusetts over 60% of the deaths from the virus are from nursing homes.
    In addition to their being most vulnerable to the virus, nursing home residents are also generally powerless against bureaucratic indifference which I believe is the true cause of many of those deaths from the virus.

    I am glad to see the growing civil disobedience against the lock downs and that, when Youtube or Twitter censor something, word gets out anyway and almost serves as a recommendation for the dissenting view.

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  7. I saw this video yesterday, and while I disagree with quite a few positions she holds on things (and apparently she doesn’t see the hypocrisy of between her two “pro-choice” positions), she adds some very interesting points. Mandatory masking has far reaching implications, beyond it’s uselessness in preventing the spread of viruses.

    Our situation is different, here in Canada, but our “leaders” are being just as idiotic about it, and our media is feeding the fear. My own province has extended emergency measures again. This, despite the fact that our province has never had many cases, and there have been NO new cases for weeks.

    We are fortunate in that we live in the middle of nowhere, so very little has changed for us, but we do have to go into town sometimes. A few days ago, in front of one grocery store, was a booth selling cloth masks. A sign read “all proceeds will go to…” and then my eyes glazed over. Virtue signalling tends to do that to me. There were two people behind the table. Physical distancing was not possible between them, but they were wearing cloth masks, so that made it okay, right? As I walked past, one of them asked me if I wanted to buy a mask before going in. I said no, I’m fine. “Are you sure?” she asked, looking absolutely stunned. There is ZERO reason for me to wear a mask, and I’m not about to be mask shamed or guilt-ed into buying a useless cloth mask just to feed other people’s paranoia. Meanwhile, the other grocery store in town suddenly implemented a “one person per household” rule. Now. After there have been zero cases in our entire province, and as far as I know, none in our region at all. It is not unusual for us to take advantage of being in town when I pick up my daughter (for her single shift a week) to run errands. My daughters buy their own groceries separate from our household groceries. So now we’re not allowed to do our separate shopping at the same time? Why?

    I’m not against reasonable measures at all. We are surrounded by a germ riddled world. I was already using the sanitizing stations outside of stores, as needed. I was already covering my hand in my sleeve to open doors in some public washrooms. I’m all for physical distancing to a reasonable extent. And if there is a need, go ahead and wear a mask or gloves. Just use them properly, for crying out loud. These are task specific tools and, if they’re misused, they have opposite results.

    I agree with you observation. It’s not about health. It’s about control. When people start talking about how these measures may continue for years – even generations!!! – the problem is not the virus. It’s misinformed people. I’m old enough to have lived through several pandemics (aside from the annual flu), and this one isn’t anywhere near as bad as others. There are other things we think nothing of, that kills far more people. Like driving. Even if you don’t drive a car, you can still be killed by one. By the precautionary principle levels used now, cars should be banned. Backyard pools should be banned. So many other things should be banned. What cultural shift happened, that people are suddenly willing to not only accept, but fight for, this destruction of our lives? People are treating this like we’re dealing with some virus from out of a dystopian movie, rather than reality. It’s ridiculous. These lock down measures are causing far more harm than the Wuhan strain of SARS can.

    On a slightly different note, while I have no problem with reasonable physical distancing, that’s not what’s being called for, is it? It’s “social” distancing. And that’s a whole different thing. We humans are social creatures. We need social closeness for both physical and mental health. Now, we’re supposed to dehumanize ourselves behind masks, and socially isolate ourselves from the world. It’s so incredibly destructive.

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  8. Well done and you sized up the situation…. tomorrow I will post what it is like “living” in a retirement community with a nursing home. It first appeared in American Thinker… rock on….

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  9. “Those damn Liberals! It’s a Deep State conspiracy just to dump Trump! We need to “dust off” that Second Amendment and put it do good use.. to defend Trump at all costs!”

    Yeah.. I suppose that’s one priority you can use to address all this.

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    • Yes, it is awful. Surely Yogi Berra could have helped us. He would simply say: “What,! You want all of us people to stop living just so a few won’t get sick? Nuts! To dump Trump. I figured out that all of the leaders in the Western World don’t like Trump, so it is not just the Democrats. We must get out every Christian person who can qualify to vote. That’s how I see it.

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